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Why Public Humanities?: Discussion with Susan Smulyan

Thursday, October 27, 2022, 03:00pm - 05:00pm

Why Public Humanities? A Discussion with Susan Smulyan (Brown University)

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Why Public Humanities? A Discussion with Susan Smulyan (Former director of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University)October 27, 3pm, AB West 6051College Avenue CampusLight refreshments will be servedAttendees are invited to bring their own experiences, questions of practice, and ideas about how public humanities fits in a University setting, for a conversation with Susan Smulyan, author of Doing Public Humanities. Breaking away from the traditional talk-plus-Q&A model, this will be a dialogic session exploring the nature, scope, and implications of the field of “public humanities” as practiced within the university. Calling for a public humanities that is collaborative, process-centered, and committed to racial and social justice, Smulyan considers the challenges and possibilities the new field brings to university teaching, scholarship, and administration. She draws from her work at Brown University and her time as a participant-researcher at New Urban Arts, a Providence arts group, to review the organizations and resources devoted to public humanities. Describing why (and what, when, where, and how) a new humanities field began and where it stands now, Smulyan considers possible lessons for the humanities brought by the evolution of public humanities.The discussion will center around Smulyan's recent article "Why Public Humanities?" in "The Humanities in American Life: Transforming the Relationship with the Public, a special issue of Daedalus, published in Summer 2022 by the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences.Please join us! Register here This talk is sponsored by the SAS Dean of the Humanities and is part of the Public Humanities Initiative, about which you can learn more here: Public Humanities Initiative